Trumpisms

    The start of a new series:  Trumpisms:   What were your other impressions of the Soviet Union? I was very unimpressed. Their system is a disaster. What you will see there soon is a revolution; the signs are

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Red Fascists at Work

  What constitutes the bulwark of our own liberty and independence? It is not our frowning battlements, our bristling sea coasts, the guns of our war steamers, or the strength of our gallant and disciplined army. These are not our

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1752: The Year of the Missing 11 days

“It is pleasant for an old man to be able to go to bed on September 2, and not have to get up until September 14.” Benjamin Franklin celebrating the elimination of 11 days in the switchover in 1752 from

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PopeWatch: The Donald and The Francis

    Matthew Schmitz, literary editor of First Things, in the Washington Post thinks that the Pope and Trump have much in common:     Despite these differences, Francis and Trump have much in common. Begin with how they choose their

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The Essence of Trump

It should be obvious to all sentient people by now, who are not card carrying members of the Cult Trump, that Donald Trump is completely ignorant on most public policy matters and that when confronted on his ignorance he resorts to

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Von Galen Contra the Swastika

Neither praise nor threats will distance me from God. Blessed Clemens von Galen (I ran this series originally back in 2011.  I am rerunning it now, because the contemporary Church is greatly harmed by the unwillingness of so many clerics

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PopeWatch: Trump and Christ

    From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber:     Marco Rubio attacked Donald Trump on Wednesday, questioning his eligibility to speak as a Christian running for office by creating uncertainty

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1812 Overture

  Something for the weekend.  Tchaikovsky’s  1812 Overture.  Written in 1880 to commemorate the victory of Russia over Napoleon, its composition was due to the fact that the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, commissioned by Tsar Alexander I in thanksgiving

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The Rifleman and Job

  From the second episode of The Rifleman television series entitled Home Ranch, first broadcast on October 7, 1958.  Lucas McCain and his son are taking possession of their ranch outside of North Fork that McCain purchased in the first episode. 

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The Last Cristero

  The Virgin Mary is our protector and defender when there is to fear She will vanquish all demons at the cry of “Long live Christ the King!” Soldiers of Christ: Let’s follow the flag, for the cross points to

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To Remain Forever a Child

    Hattip to Dave Griffey at Daffey Thoughts.  Patrick Deneen who teaches political theory at Notre Dame decries the ignorance of his pleasant students in a post entitled Res Idiotica:   My students are know-nothings.  They are exceedingly nice,

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PopeWatch: Junk History

  Sandro Magister at his blog Chiesa notes the use by the Pope of false history to support the idea of using contraception in regard to Zika virus.     ROME, February 24, 2016 – In the pyrotechnic press conference

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I Will Not be Cowed into Voting for Trump this November

Roughly eight percent of the Republican delegates have been doled out thus far, but evidently it’s all over but the shouting. We might as well make piece with GOP nominee Donald Trump, we’re told. Whether or not one is ready to

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Second Class Catholics

If there is a more pro-life Catholic entertainment figure than talk show host Laura Ingraham, I am unaware of that person.  Yet her views against illegal immigration make her persona non grata at a Catholic diocese. Catholic Bishop Joseph Tyson

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PopeWatch: Isaiah

  Well that’s a relief.  The Pope assures us that the prophet Isaiah was not a communist:   “Richness and power are realities that can be good and useful for the common good, if they are put to the service

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When You’ve Lost Amy Welborn…

When I first began to comment on blogs circa 2003, one of the Catholic blogs I frequented was Open Book run by Amy Welborn.  I liked her blog because she always struck me as fair-minded and attracted a diverse and

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PopeWatch: Bear Growls: Fiction?

      Our bruin friend at Saint Corbinian’s Bear tries his paws at fiction, at least I hope it is fiction and not prediction: Vatican Minister for Propaganda Fredo Lombardo took to the podium last night to address a

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Jefferson on the History of the American Revolution

On August 10, 1815, Thomas Jefferson set pen to paper to respond to John Adams’ letter to him of July 30, 1815.  Go here to read that letter.  Jefferson was no more optimistic than Adams that a true history of

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Silver State ShootOut

    The Nevada GOP Caucuses  were conducted in an atmosphere of chaos as huge numbers of people who had never before participated in a Republican caucus showed up and overwhelmingly voted for Trump.  Ominously for his adversaries, Trump broke

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February 23, 1945: The Mass on Mount Suribachi

    Iwo Jima probably has the sad distinction of being the most expensive piece of worthless real estate in the history of the globe.  Expensive not in something as minor as money, but costly in something as all important

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Marco Rubio Would be an Election Day Disaster

I am bucking both conventional wisdom and my own stated feelings in coming to the conclusion that Marco Rubio, if he somehow wins the Republican nomination, would lose to Hillary Clinton (though possibly not Bernie Sanders). I have long held

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PopeWatch: Socialist Like Me

    Bernie Sanders, a man with a proudly 100% pro-abort voting record, has obviously been keeping track of the Catholic bloggers bending themselves into pretzels to justify voting for him: Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has been a longtime

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John Adams on the History of the American Revolution

John Adams often groused that the true history of the American Revolution would never be written.  Considering this, it is somewhat surprising that he did not undertake the task himself.  He had ample time after his Presidency, and his lively

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Big Brother Twitter

  Twitter is becoming a prime example of how contemporary leftists view George Orwell’s 1984 not as a cautionary tale, but as a how to manual:     On Friday, Twitter suspended the account of Robert Stacy McCain, a conservative

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Junk History and Jesuit Myths

      In the Pope’s disastrous plane interview last week, this q and a occurred: Paloma García Ovejero, Cadena COPE (Spain): Holy Father, for several weeks there’s been a lot of concern in many Latin American countries but also in Europe

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Pope Francis: Moratorium

    Pope Francis has called for a year long moratorium on the death penalty:     Pope Francis, who has repeatedly called for an end to the death penalty, on Sunday proposed that Catholic leaders suspend the practice for

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George Washington and the Standing Miracle

Today is the 284th birthday of the Father of our Country, George Washington.  The above video from the musical 1776 depicts John Adams asking the Secretary of Congress, Charles Thomson, if he stands with Adams or the opponents of Independence. 

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Risen: A Day Without Death

    My bride and I saw the movie Risen in Kankakee, Illinois on Sunday at the Paramount Theater in downtown Kankakee.  The Paramount Theater is a well maintained movie palace that was built in 1931.  Sitting in its wide seats

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Von Galen Contra Gestapo

  (I ran this series originally back in 2011.  I am rerunning it now, because the contemporary Church is greatly harmed by the unwillingness of so many clerics to confront evil forthrightly.  In this year of Mercy we must not

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John Adams: Washington’s Ten Talents

“The History of our Revolution will be one continued lye [sic] from one end to the other. The essence of the whole will be that Dr. Franklin’s electric rod smote the earth and out sprang General Washington. Then Franklin electrified

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Palmetto Pitfight

  An early evening.  Trump wins with a third of the vote, which appears to be his ceiling.  Rubio and Cruz are battling for second place with each of them approximately at 20%.  A good night for Rubio in that he

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